Carlie Trent kidnapping update: Gary Simpson, her uncle, sentenced to 25 years
Gary Simpson

By Kaylin Searles, WZTV

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. -- (WZTV) -- A Hawkins County judge sentenced Gary Simpson to 25 years on Thursday in the kidnapping of Carlie Trent.

Volunteer searchers found Simpson, 57, and Trent, 9, in a remote area on Clinch Mountain in Edison, Tenn. last May.

Simpson is slated to serve his 25-year sentence at 100 percent. Simpson entered an Alford plea, which indicates that Simpson admits there was enough evidence to convict him in a trial, but does not admit guilt.

Simpson's attorney said a charge of rape of a child was reduced as part of the plea.

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